Letters from Lesbos: A Recounting of Emergency Pedagogy in Action

Alys Mendus


It is a wet afternoon and there is a clatter of chairs as the group settle in a circle around me. Syrian boys and young men 11-18 years old, housed in makeshift “porta cabins,” on the island of Lesbos, waiting to be escorted to Athens. They are the unaccompanied minors: the young people sent alone or with siblings to make the journey overland to Europe to gain asylum for their family. And I am at this moment the Storyteller...


Educational alternatives; progressive education; alternative education; difference; emergency pedagogy

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